Archive for March, 2009

The First Game

// March 31st, 2009 // 13 Comments » // Uncategorized

I told myself after the scrimmage that there was no need for pregame jitters. I had gotten my first licks in, and my talent level was vastly superior to that of the locals. But sure enough, come game day, this past Saturday, I woke up with my stomach in knots, the same knots I had throughout my season in the Big East. It was a combination of nervous anticipation, excitement, and above all else, a renewed love for the game.

Before the first snap, the referree informed me I’d be sporting one more helmet sticker, a giant white “A” on the back. They told me it was so they could tell who the “Class-A” players were (also known as “imports”) but I know it was really for AMERICAN.

Coin toss. We defer. Tremendous—we’ll get to set the tone on defense. Opening kick off—opposing team takes it to the house for 6. Defense will have to wait.

Their D-line was atrocious, at one point an exchange between myself and a D-linemen amounted to my suggestion that, “for five Euros, I’ll show you how to pass rush after the game.” Their linebacking core, on the other hand, was extremely strong and athletic—definitely the strong suit of their defense. It was a back an forth battle for most of the first half, they’d score, we’d score. They’d score, we’d score. And so on, until it was 28-21 at the break. The final score would be 50 to 31 with my team coming up on the short end. However, despite the loss I still had fun. It was good to “be a football player again.”

“15 Yards?!? For What?…this is football, not soccer”.

….the rest of the story HERE

and the interview:

get to 1:57 seconds–where I begin.

Waking Up In Austria

// March 30th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Uncategorized

Where is all this beautiful weather I was promised? I’m guessing the other side of the mountain.

UConn Pimp Slaps Missouri: On To The Final Four

// March 29th, 2009 // 7 Comments » // Uncategorized

UConn in the Final Four…all is right with the universe.
Not to point out the obvious, but buying this shirt would be a sweet way to show your UConn pride, and keep the girlfriend from leaving a broke FWG.
Just a thought

The Black Lions Home Page

// March 27th, 2009 // 12 Comments » // Uncategorized

So there it is. The FWG on the Black Lions home page. Our first game is Saturday. I can’t wait. Should be simply amazing. I have loved every experience so far here in Austria, the people, the football, the food. All of it has been great, and now the first game of the season. This should be an adventure.

Some Final Thoughts:

UConn dominates Purdue….my brother-in-law (and Purdue alum) is about to get a series of harassing “Skype-Calls”

I have taken to purchasing “mystery meat” from the butcher. It’s no mystery to everyone else in the German speaking world, but I really don’t know what these words mean. Except for Puten. I know Puten. Turkey.

The FWG is considering chronicling his potential weight loss and body transformation. Please post in the comment section if you think this would be a good idea.

Recently I have gotten some interesting “fan” mail. It’s good to know that this site has moved beyond just friends and family commenting. I love to hear from you, good-bad-ugly-pissed-whatever. Let me know what you think.

UConn Pro Day

// March 26th, 2009 // 5 Comments » // Uncategorized

The 2009 UConn Pro day was held yesterday at “The Shenk” training facility. Workouts were, in a word: OUTSTANDING.
Darius Butler again proved that he can move his hips, and has the kind of speed that can kill.
Will Beatty, performing well in the bench, makes him a discussion topic, as he might be one of the top 5 offensive linemen in this years draft. However there are three stories I want to touch on, after speaking with Cody Brown (DE/OLB), and his pro-day work out.
Cody drastically improved on his 40 time from the combine, running in the 4.5-4.6 ranger, compared to his 4.82 performance at the NFL Combine.
Julius Williams (another one of my brothers on the D-Line) comes out of no where, with a verticle jump over 41inches, and benching 225lbs 36 times. That is simply outstanding. For those of you who dont know, Julius Williams has a back that could block out the sun, a true physical specimen, with an outstanding work ethic.
And then there is Dahna Deleston. What can I say about Dahna. How about “quiet storm?” in 5 years playing with the guy I probably heard him say about 10 words—total.
He weighed in at pro day at 217lbs, ran a sub 4.5 40, and absolutely blew scouts away.
It really is a testament to work ethic, and to the character of these young men, all of which flew under the radar of major college recruiting.

UConn Violates NCAA Rules

// March 25th, 2009 // 13 Comments » // Uncategorized

ESPN.COM Connecticut potentially committed NCAA rules violations in its recruitment of former guard Nate Miles, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday.

The Web site reported that according to multiple sources, between 2006 and 2008, Miles was provided with lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation by Josh Nochimson, a former UConn student manager who had become a professional sports agent and formerly represented ex-Huskies star Richard Hamilton.

When are people going to stop being surprised about NCAA “violations” at major universities. Stop acting surprised, just like the NCAA should stop acting like student-athletes at said universities are “amateurs.” Athletes are not like the general population, so stop pretending they are. In the words of Coach Sam Winters in The Program, “Yeah, but when was the last time 80,000 people showed up to watch a kid do a damn chemistry experiment?.” Exactly.


Jazz….Or Is It “Yazz” With a Soft “J”

// March 25th, 2009 // 8 Comments » // Uncategorized

Tell me I don’t look like a tourist, attending swanky night clubs in sweatpants, hoody, and a hat.

“Austrian Jazz….who knew?”

This Week’s Sign Of The Apocalypse

// March 24th, 2009 // 9 Comments » // Uncategorized

This Week’s Sign Of The ApocalypseI’m not even sure where to start with this.
The Biblical “Tramp Stamp.” Her father must be proud.
I’m not going to say I’m upset, but…you know…I’m upset.

Why Am I Here????

// March 23rd, 2009 // 10 Comments » // Uncategorized

It’s 2:20 p.m., and my 1978 Ford Fiesta has decided that functioning properly is not one of its top priorities. That’s right, my teammate and I are now stranded on the side of an Austrian autobahn. Which begs the question: Why I am I here?

The simple, all encompassing answer is because I love the game of football. And now the game has taken me from Rochester, N.Y. to Klagenfurt, Austria (via Storrs, Conn.). Apparently, the game has also taken me to the side of this highway, while I curse terrible American car manufacturing (only to realize later the oil hadn’t been changed since its production year).

Read the rest HERE

Your Fat White Guy Moment Of The Week

// March 23rd, 2009 // 10 Comments » // Uncategorized

I found this on the web a few days ago, and decided it was freaking awesome.The current economic situation is effecting everyone (trips to the Dollar Menu), it leaves us with two options:

1. Cry
2. Laugh

I choose laugh, and so do these people: First prize is like $5,000 and a trip for two, and second prize is $2,500 and a trip for one. All you need is tell them your “down on your luck story”…not heart strings here, just hilarity. Nothing like getting paid for being pathetic, right?
(If anything else, check out the huge pink-hippo, which might brighten your day). My Story? How after 5 years of college football I can’t see my toes anymore, and now I’m in a country I don’t understand and a language I don’t speak. What about you?